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Are you wearing sunscreen?

Sunscreen should be worn daily.  It is your skin’s best defense against the sun’s powerful rays to prevent skin damage and it also helps to keep your skin looking young and healthy.  Each sunscreen that comes to market has different ingredients.  I encourage women to have two sunscreens – one for her face and one for her body.  
The reason for this is because we want and need extra protection on our face, neck and décolleté.  These areas of our bodies receive the most exposure to the sun, not just in the summer, but year round!  
Did you know?
In 2011, the FDA banned advertisers from using the word “sunblock” to describe products because the term overstates effectiveness.  They also banned companies that produce physical sunscreens from using the terms “sweat resistant” and “waterproof”.  They are allowed to use the term “water resistant”, but only if the formula repels water.  

What is a physical sunscreen?  This term refers to sunscreens that act as a physical barrier between your skin are the sun.  It is also called mineral sunscreen because it contains minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and these act as UV filters by reflecting the sun’s harmful rays before they are able to penetrate into the layers of your skin. 

When physical sunscreens are rubbed off the skin, they’re essentially ineffective. This type of sunscreen must be applied more carefully, to ensure they cover every inch of the skin.  If the skin remains dry, physical barrier sunscreens do last longer than chemical sunscreens and are less likely to clog pores. For this reason, and because they remain on the surface of the skin to deflect the sun’s heat and energy, they’re ideal for those with sensitive or acne prone complexions.

Since this type of sunscreen is sitting on your skin to be a protective barrier, you can apply right before you are heading outdoors. 

What other types of sunscreens are there? 

There are chemical sunscreens.  These can prevent skin damage by absorbing harmful UV radiation.  The organic compounds – such as homosalate, avobenzone, octocrylene- are absorbed by the skin rather than sitting on top like the physical sunscreens are.  When your skin is then exposed to the sun’s UV rays, these compounds will undergo a chemical reaction that converts radiation into heat which is then released by your skin.  As this happens, the sunscreen loses its protective abilities and you will need to reapply frequently if exposed to UV light for extended periods of time.  These types of sunscreens can cause redness and flushing in sensitive or rosacea-prone skin. 

Unlike physical barriers, chemical-based sunscreen are meant be applied 30 minutes before exposure to UV rays so that it can be properly absorbed into the skin. Be aware that chemical sunscreens are often oil based, therefore they can clog they pores they are penetrating.

What is the best? 
broad-spectrum sunscreen contains ingredients to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. A broad-spectrum formula usually contain both physical and chemical sun protection ingredients, although there are certain chemical and physical ingredients that work to repel both types of UV light. Because broad-spectrum sunscreens protect from both types of harmful sun rays, opting for this type of sunscreen is always recommended. For maximum protection sunscreen should be applied directly to skin, before moisturizer and makeup. If you need to add more later over your moisturizer, that is ok too, but make sure you have allowed products to fully absorb before adding another to it. 

If you need help determining what would work for you, just ask! 
 

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Custom Made Foundation : What you need to know

Creating a custom liquid or cream foundation perfectly formulated just for you is a science. This is not me just mixing a couple of bottles of store bought foundation and then reselling it to you! (Yes, someone actually thought that is what I was doing!) I am crafting a foundation that will not only match you flawlessly, but is also going to better your skin as you wear it and have your desired coverage.

First I am going to ask you some questions to discover your wants and needs from a foundation. I want to know what you have been wearing, what you like and what you dislike about the foundation you currently are using. I find it amazing how many women do not actually like the foundation they have been using, but do not want to waste money trying to find a better one! That is why I am here for YOU. There is no wasting money here because I am creating exactly what you want!

The next steps include learning what you want to be included in your custom foundation: sunscreen, primer, firming serum…. If you have oily or dry skin I will add a serum to help manage that too. I find out the coverage you want and ensure that I am creating your formula to be exactly as you wish. Then I add colors to match your undertone, correct redness, blotches, etc. I make sure that it will have the finish you want to, I can do it all from matte to dewy!

No two formulas are exactly the same because every woman is different! You are unique and your foundation should be too! I will keep a record of the formula I used to perfect your foundation. This will be filed away so that when you are ready for another bottle, I can whip it up and ship it right to you!

Providing this service is amazing. I have met so many fantastic people and because I can provide this in-person and virtually, I have been able to meet people across the US. I absolutely love it! And my clients do too!

Other things to know:

  • it is gluten free
  • it is paraben free
  • it is cruelty free
  • it will not clog your pores
  • it is mineral based
  • it will last you 6 months or more
  • it is formulated just for you
  • can be made as a BB cream
  • can be made to cover a tattoo

Book your appointment today or ask your questions here:

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Are there advantages to a winter wedding?

Winter weddings are beautiful, sweat free, and stunning! The deep colors of flower arrangements, your makeup, and even his suit/tux will have you and your guests swooning. You will not need to worry about sweating off your makeup, about guests being hot, about your groom sweating his you know whats off, or about the heat bothering anyone.

There are gorgeous indoor locations that you can have your wedding. This is at the Providence Library and I am loving the old architecture and the timelessness of it all.



The greens of the cake and his tux are beautiful. Her makeup brings out her eyes and the beauty of her smile.
I love staying on hand to ensure you look flawless for all your big moments of the day!

Cheers!

Other benefits to having a winter wedding:

  • Most dates will be available
  • Discounts because its off season for many venues
  • No worries about sunburns, tan lines, or peeling from post sun burns
  • No sweating
  • Honeymoon location will be less busy than if you traveled in summer
  • More guests are available to come
  • Makeup trial can be done in the fall
  • Winter colors are beautiful
  • You get to choose a beautiful shall or coat to accompany your dress
  • Your anniversary will be at a time of year when you will want to get out and celebrate, plus you wont have to worry about it being on a weekend that others want to have an event!
  • The chance to have beautiful wedding photos in the snow
  • Hot cocoa!

There is no wrong season to get married in. You should do what makes the two of you smile and happy. I just love the winter and the beauty and peacefulness that comes with it.

The amazing vendors who created this gorgeous winter wedding:

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Learning how to apply your makeup

Do you like wearing makeup, but wish you knew how to better apply it?
Do you see women completing looks that you wish you could do?
Is there a look you see all the time, but when you try it, you get it all wrong?
Does watching Youtube videos of people doing tutorials give you anxiety over how you will ever master creating a beautiful look?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you are in the right place!
Step away from the Youtube videos… yes, I love watching them too. They are quite memorizing. They are also usually showing you how to create gorgeous looks with about 10000 products. You do not own, nor do you need, that many products to create beautiful looks. You could use some quality makeup and brushes and a lesson from a makeup artist that will help you to enhance your natural beauty.

There are times when we want a full on glam look. I remember getting dressed up for parties and special occasions (man, i really miss those days). Then there are the every day looks in which we want to look like ourselves, but more put together and enhanced! I am here to teach you either or both of these types of looks. Here is how it works:

  1. You book an appointment – these appointments are occuring virtually and in person depending on where you are located and your comfort level.
  2. You let me know what types of look you are looking to achieve and send me a few inspiration pictures. These are pictures of looks that you like and would like to be able to create. I will tell you that most pictures you find on pinterest are photoshopped in some way and that every look is slightly different on the varying skin tones we all have.
  3. We jump on zoom (or you come on by) with your makeup and brushes. We will go through the makeup you have in your bag and determine if it is right for your skin tone and if it is still good (yes, makeup expires). We will also go through your brushes and see what you may need to purchase in the future to achieve your desired looks.
  4. I will ask questions about how you take care of your skin, if you have any allergies, how you clean your makeup and brushes, and other general beauty questions.
  5. Then we will get to your lesson!

When these are done over zoom, I will send you the recording so you can review over and over again or use the next time you need to apply your makeup.
I offer discounts on skincare and makeup if we find that you are in need of anything.
You leave the appointment looking gorgeous and with a sense of confidence that you WILL be able to apply your makeup and look amazing each time you do it!

What are you waiting for? Book today! I look forward to helping you enhance your beauty.

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Intimate Weddings

2020 has hit us with a ton of bricks! It has been such a wild and crazy year. If I have to hear the words “pivot”, “unprecedented”, or “covid – (baby, bride, made me do it, etc)” after this year is done, I may scream. LOL

What I am happy about it that it seems many couples are deciding to opt for a smaller more intimate wedding to ensure that they are able to still get married this year. Love is overcoming the battles this virus has been putting on us all. I am taking all the precautions to ensure you are your bridal party are protected as well as myself.

Sanitation was always at the forefront of my business and now I have leveled up to ensure everything is safe. You can still have your beauty enhanced on your special day and feel confident that you are not being exposed to any illness.

I know it is difficult to imagine how to change your plans to go from a large celebration to a small one, but it does not make it any less wonderful or special. Your love deserves to be celebrated by your closest family/friends. I love being a small part of your day and listening to you tell me all about how you met your spouse, how the proposal went, and where you are planning to honeymoon. I love learning how you fell in love and what may drive you crazy about him/her.

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Gluten Free Makeup

I was diagnosed with celiac disease 12 years ago. At that time finding gluten free food, makeup, personal care products, or being able to go out to eat was stressful and the options were minimal. Researching every single item that I was either going to consume or allow to touch my skin was exhausting. There were days I would just cry because I could not find the product I needed that was safe for me to use.

Now it is MUCH easier to find gluten free products. Most items are labeled, but even still some are unsafe. The cross-contamination and the PPM (parts per million) of gluten that are allowed in products and still deemed “safe” makes my head spin. Luckily, if you are celiac or have a wheat/gluten sensitivity I have some good news…. I have found fabulous gluten free makeup! I am going to share my favorites!

Let’s start with an eye shadow palette, you cannot go wrong with the Boss Babe Palette! The name is amazing, the colors are fabulous (and each has its own fierce name as well). The pigmentation is extraordinary. I love that there are 10 shadows and that you get 5 matte and 5 shimmer. This allows you to create gorgeous day and evening looks with just one palette.

Lipstick is one of the most important products to ensure is gluten free. The risk of ingesting some of your lipstick or lipgloss is super high especially if you are wearing some while eating or drinking. I love this lip kit. It comes with a lip crayon and a creamy matte lipstick that will not leave your lips feeling dry. There are four options, my favorite is “Like Really Pretty” (as seen here) and “Berry Shady” – this one is a deep purple color that is gorgeous for summer, fall and spring!

Custom Foundation is amazing! I create a one-of-a kind foundation just for you. Each woman has her own recipe that I keep on file to easily remake when you run out. Appointments can be done in person or over zoom! I love this product so much because the quality is higher than any foundation that you can by in the store and you get your exact match! I also can put in skin care products into your foundation to make your skin healthier as you wear it.

These are just a few of my favorites! If you are gluten free or just trying to avoid gluten and need some assistance on finding a product not listed here, just shoot me a message!

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Do you need a Wedding Planner?

As a makeup artist, I have the honor of enhancing the bride’s beauty on her wedding day and usually her bridesmaids and the occasional mother of the bride and/or mother of the groom. I am there early in the morning to have the bride and her wedding party ready for her ceremony or for the first look. I have seen the bride calm, cool, and collected as her wedding planner handles the last minute details and I have seen the bride in a panic because her wedding party isn’t setting things up right!

There is a sense of calm when you know someone is checking and DOUBLE checking everything while you enjoy your morning, getting pampered and ready to walk down the aisle. The last thing you want to have to do is be telling others what needs to go where and when!

Let me tell you, if I was getting married again…. or when we renew our vows, I am hiring a wedding planner. It will be Pearl, of Designed by Delsie, because I love her attention to detail, professionalism, and her personality. We just click! I have had the pleasure of working along side her as I enhanced a bride’s makeup for the wedding she had planned. I also attended a women’s only soiree that she had organized and it was impressive.

I feel all too often couple over look needing a planner when they are planning their wedding and I asked Pearl if she would allow me to interview her. I want you all to have the best experience on your wedding day and I do believe hiring a planner is the way to do it! Check out the interview and let us know what you think!

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Beauty and Confidence Tribe

Love your body as it is fully and completely. Boudoirs by Mallory and I have put our vision and mission to help all women feel beautiful and confident into action. Beauty has so many facets and we think the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself. These gorgeous women support us in our mission to help every woman feel confident and beautiful in her own skin. 💜 ⠀

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Her heart is so big. She cares so deeply about others and helping people find joy.

Her smile is everything!

Cancer sucks, but her attitude does not! Scars are left to prove how strong she is. She is showing others how to live life to the fullest and not letting anything stop her.

This momma is beautiful and confident!
Beauty and confidence
Beauty is grace and confidence

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. – Audrey Hepburn

Her eyes are stunning, as are her tattoos!

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself.
Beauty is ageless

Being confident is beautiful. Every woman has so many talents and beauty to share with the world and there should be nothing to stop her.

Ladies, we are our own worst critiques and it needs to stop! You are beautiful😍 Every size, every color, every race, every age, each and every one of you reading this are BEAUTIFUL! ⠀

Embrace the body you have! Love your curves, your smile, your muscles, your height, your bust size, your hips, your butt; love each part of you! Girl, your smile and strength can change the world💪 ⠀

Partners!

Boudoirs by Mallory and I are so proud to have started this Beauty and Confidence Tribe.

Each woman who does a boudoir session with us is going to become a part of our strong tribe of amazing women. We will encourage and empower each other. We all have an excuse to not have our photos taken and we are here to tell you to stop listening to the excuse. You are gorgeous exactly as you are in this moment in your life. So come let me enhance your beauty. You will feel beautiful and confident as you step in front of Mallory’s camera for your photoshoot. http://Www.boudoirsbymallory.com

In Home Wedding Spa Packages

Carefully curated luxury spa packages are the perfect way to share a relaxing night with your squad before your wedding!

Spoil yourself, spoil your squad, spoil your family and friends! Each spa package is individually created based on your skin needs, how you want to spoil yourself/squad, and your price point. We will have a conversation and then I will put a few choices together and you will be able to choose what you would like to receive.
I will provide you with instructions to ensure proper usage of the products you receive, but if you are looking for even a little more fun and direction I can come on to a zoom/fb room/etc on the day you are all going to use your package and teach you exactly what you should be doing and give you a skincare lesson. These are customized to your group and can provide a lot of laughs and memories to last a lifetime.

Shipping is available across the US.

Complete this form and I will be in touch to curate your spa package!

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